September 28, 1988 |
Dear Polly: We're planning on repainting several rooms in our home. The problem is that I can't stand the odor of fresh paint. Is there some way to reduce this problem? - Helen Dear Helen: Here are two tips for reducing paint odors: Add a tablespoon of vanilla extract to each gallon of paint. Stir it in well. The vanilla aroma will kill some of the paint odor. It's surprisingly effective! After painting, put a cup of ammonia in the center of the room and leave it for a day. The ammonia helps reduce the odor of the freshly painted room.
August 27, 1999 |
A few days ago, a newspaper in San Diego pulled ads for "Better Than Chocolate" because they featured the word "lesbian. " Apparently, the paper is showing a belated concern for the sensitivity of readers, who presumably had already digested the ads for "American Pie," which use a variety of puns to herald its story of a male teen, a chronic masturbator who finds an outlet for his sex drive by harpooning a warm dessert. As heterosexual comedies (if having sex with a pie can be said to be heterosexual)
August 14, 1994 |
Most people use vanilla as a flavoring for pastries and ice cream. Not Patrick Gateau. The innovative young chef of the Carl Gustaf Hotel in St. Barthelemy, French West Indies, roasts lobster with vanilla beans, steeps the fragrant pod in cocktails, and scrapes tiny black vanilla seeds into a dulcet sauce for salmon. To a generation of North Americans brought up on vanilla wafers and vanilla custard, the use of this tropical flavoring in savory dishes may seem revolutionary, if not downright outlandish.
August 15, 1990 |
Dear Polly: What can you add to paint to make it smell less objectionable when painting the inside of your house? - Mrs. F.V. Ordinary vanilla extract can help reduce paint odors. Just add a tablespoon or two of vanilla to each gallon of paint. Stir it in thoroughly and paint away. You'll find the vanilla-scented paint is much more pleasant to work with, and the room smells better when it's done, too. Dear Polly: To keep from losing puzzle pieces after opening the box, I put the pieces in a zip-style bag. There is no way of losing the pieces if the box should accidentally open.
April 6, 1994 |
Dear Anne and Nan: I have a freezer that has a fishy smell. It's really bad! I've tried everything I can think of and nothing helps. Can you help me? I am desperate! - Rosalie Kisner, Salem, Ohio Dear Rosalie: After emptying your freezer, wipe down the walls with vanilla. Be sure that you wipe the door seals and around the fan area at the back of the freezer as well. Rinse with plain water. When you replace the food, put one or two saucers of instant coffee crystals in the freezer compartment.
November 1, 2013 |
VANILLA. It is one of the favorite words used by new 76ers coach Brett Brown so far in this young season. It's not his favorite type of ice cream, but rather the description of his simple offensive and defensive schemes. With such a young team and so many players unfamiliar with each other, Brown has no other choice than to scale things down to get the best results. "We have a very vanilla package, as I've explained," Brown said. "We're not going to get into the chocolates or other flavors now. We're going to stay vanilla and make vanilla great.
November 29, 1994
If your employer pumps a brisk pine scent through the air ducts into your cubicle, should you consider that a helpful hint of the great outdoors or a worrisome whiff of 1984? Aromatherapy is a new rite of the corporate cult of productivity. Once the staff has its ergonomic work stations and soothing color scheme, why not put a little invigorating peppermint in the air supply? One employer interviewed in Sunday's Inquirer even chirped proudly about being able to shift fragrances to control the moods of children in the corporate day-care center.
January 2, 1994 |
I recently attended the opening of the Conrad Hilton library at the Culinary Institute of America in New Hyde Park, N.Y., and it was an awesome experience. The facilities are so grand and the collections of such depth and breadth that it made me want to start my own culinary education from the beginning. Viewing menu collections from centuries past, stacks of videos on every possible cooking technique, and books, many devoted to a sole ingredient, made me feel like a fly in the Grand Canyon.
July 25, 2004 |
Surely it was something in the heavens that brought Max and Mina together in the midst of the Great Depression. But lox and ice cream? Now that required a human matchmaker. It came in the form of Max and Mina's grandsons, Bruce and Mark Becker, two guys from Lawrence, on Long Island, with a taste for - well, this year's hot pick is babka ice cream. Other flavors of the Beckers include lox, garlic, sweet corn, gefilte fish and ketchup, along with chocolate, vanilla, and other more conventional choices at Max & Mina's ice cream parlor in Queens.
July 3, 2009
MIXING BEER and ice cream seems like a totally gross idea that should offend everyone. It is a disservice to two perfectly fine indulgences, akin to mixing baseball and sex. There is no reason to believe they might be consenting partners. Indeed, no less an authority than the Weekly World News reported on April 11, 1989, that beer floats were among "the world's weirdest snacks," on a "bizarre" list that included liverwurst-and-grape-jelly sandwiches. The tabloid's culinary warnings notwithstanding, I'm obliged to report that pouring beer into ice cream does not disturb the natural order.